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Judge Mary C. Noble, Chief Circuit Judge, Fayette County

Judge Mary C. Noble obtained a B.S. degree in English from Austin Peay State University in 1971 and a M.A. degree in psychology in 1975. She attended law school at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and received her J.D. in December 1981.

She served as Domestic Relations commissioner before she was elected to the bench in 1992, and served two terms as Chief Judge of the Fayette Circuit Court, a court of general jurisdiction. Additionally, she has been a Drug Court judge since 1996.

Judge Noble has contributed articles to several publications and has been a speaker on a variety of legal topics. She has previously served:

  • as State Chair of the Gender Fairness in the Courts Committee
  • on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board
  • the Attorney General's Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse

She presently serves on the state Civil Rules Committee, the AOC Drug Court Advisory Committee, and is Second Vice-President of the Circuit Judges' Association of Kentucky. She is on the Board of Chrysalis House, a residential treatment facility for women and has served as President of the Congress of State Drug Court Professionals.

In 2004, she was given the Stanley N. Goldstein Award for preeminent contribution to the Drug Court field by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

As a practitioner, Judge Noble was a litigation attorney, practicing in the areas of school law, personal injury and criminal.

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